Houston sets new record for the World Petroleum Congress

HOUSTON, U.S.A./LONDON, U.K., November 14, 2019–The World Petroleum Council announced today that 2,000 abstracts were received for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) Call for Papers – the highest number of submissions ever achieved in the history of the Congress.


“We are delighted that the 23rd WPC Call for Papers attracted so much interest from around the world with a record 2,000 submissions from 59 countries and more than 400 companies,” said Pedro Miras Salamanca, WPC Vice President, Program and Chair of the Congress Program Committee. “Our Program Committee is looking forward to working closely with the Chairs of the Technical Forums to select the best papers and posters for the Congress.”


The Technical Forum Chairs are responsible for evaluating the 2,000 abstract submissions to select the top 300 abstracts to be presented as papers and posters at the Congress in December 2020. The high-level program features 23 Technical Forums on innovative energy solutions across the oil and gas sector, from disruptive technologies to cleaner energy solutions.


Organized by the World Petroleum Council, the Congress takes place in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. December 6-10, 2020. The triennial Congress is the premier event of the oil and gas sector and attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives. More than 100 countries, 50 ministers, 700 expert speakers, 1,000 media and 10,000 delegates are expected to participate in the Congress, which will also feature the World Petroleum Exhibition in the 50,000 square meter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus.


Further program and event details for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress can be found at www.23wpchouston.com


About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was established in 1933 and provides a neutral platform for discussion of the issues facing the oil and gas industry and its stakeholders around the globe.  It is a non-advocacy, non-political organization, dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the sustainable use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is registered as a charity in the UK. Its nearly 70 member countries represent 96% of the world’s oil and gas production and consumption.


The triennial World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry’s largest and most prestigious international event. Known as “the Olympics of the oil and gas sector,” the 23rd World Petroleum Congress will be held in Houston, USA, in December 2020.




For further information about the World Petroleum Council, contact:

Ulrike von Lonski, Chief Operating Officer

Tel: +44 20 7637 4995   E-mail: ulrike@world-petroleum.org



For further information on the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, contact:

Susan G Ganz, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Communications & Industry Engagement

Tel: +1 346 353 6017   Email: sganz@23wpchouston.com